Nathan is an experienced preacher, counselor, and community organizer. He has dedicated his personal and professional labor to the simple idea that transparency and empathy can save lives and heal communities.
He most recently served as the 29th Senior Pastor of the historic First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nathan is invested in partnering with others who believe West Michigan can become a reflection of the beloved community - a place where all are truly welcome.
Ask him anything about music, early 20th century architecture, play as pedagogy, inter-generational worship or his passion for defending the pristine forests and waterways of Michigan.
Nathan is also (and most importantly) the delighted papa of Jo (5), Teddy (3), and Natalie (6 mos.) and has found a courageous life partner in Dr. Heather Dannison. Together they happily romp through the swampy hinterlands and sandy beaches of West Michigan.
PROFESSIONAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS
2019 - Governor’s Clergy Roundtable Commission
2018 - Founding City Director, Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence
2017 - Chicago Theological Seminary "Distinguished Alumni Award"
2017 - Vice-chair, Kalamazoo Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeals Board
2016 - Faith Sector Representative, Kalamazoo County Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board
Member, Michigan Advisory Committee, U.S. Global Leadership Initiative (2017 - present)
Mentor, Resilience in Leadership Initiative, Chicago Theology Seminary (2018 - present)
Board Member, OutFront Kalamazoo (2020 - 2021)
Board Member, Lowell Pride (2021 - present)
President, Kalamazoo Non-Profit Advocacy Coalition (2012-2019)
Staff Liaison, Kalamazoo Children’s Nature Playscape (2017 -present)
Board Member, Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (2012-14)
Member, Bronson Park Clergy Association (2013 - 2021)
Advisory Board Member, Playscapes for Palestine (2008-2012)
Advisory Board Member, United Church of Christ Palestine/Israel Network (2019 - present)
United Church of Christ 2030 Clergy Coalition (2005 - present)